One reader wrote… (more in expanded post)
Golis, the reason no one is commenting on this is because they haven’t thought that much about New Media and they don’t know that much about the history of the American left. I know you like studying the new left in the sixties, the New Deal coalition and early progressivism, most political people don’t. They like playing paintball.
Another reader wrote that the effort itself was the problem:
Basically, it’s unrealistic to expect that by calling for dialogue you are suddenly going to have an explosion of people rising up and saying brilliant things or suddenly networking. Calling for dialogue is kind of vapid, almost as vapid as the bit about the coalition of infinite causes at the end… which btw is a lot of the reason that the Dems keep losing.
Which is true? Both?
Obviously, there’s something self-indulgent in trying to make an accounting at one’s own failed attempt to gain attention and start a conversation. But it also seems to me important to try to understand why exactly no conversation occurred, even if that means pondering our own inadequacies here at CC. Share your thoughts!